Equifax Credit Bureau has announced a data breach impacting about 143 million U.S. consumers. Some of the information accessed includes name, Social Security number, birth date, address and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. In addition, credit card numbers for about 209,000 consumers were accessed.
- Dedicated Equifax Contact Line: 866-447-7559
- More information: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/
All Consumers Should Consider:
- Placing a credit freeze on your credit file. It will cost $10 per bureau listed below.
- If you check for the potential impact on your information, and are considering a credit monitoring service, such as EquiFax’s TrustedID Premiere, read all Terms of Service before enrolling. You may be waiving some of your consumer rights and protections to a class action lawsuit against EquiFax.
- Every consumer should visit annualcreditreport.com to monitor credit reports.
Other Tips to prevent Identity Theft
- Watch for Phishing emails or phone calls- especially if they say they are from Equifax. Phishing for information the fraudsters will call pretending to be someone they are not trying to get information from you. The best advice, if you didn’t initiation the conversation, don’t give out any information.
- Monitor your statements to make sure all transactions are legitimate.
- Change your passwords and security questions frequently. Make your passwords strong. Do not write them down.